Student-Athlete award finalists named

In an effort to promote and celebrate the student-athletes of its county, the Marengo County Parks and Recreation Board in conjunction with The West Alabama Watchman will host the second annual Student-Athlete of the Year Banquet, Monday May 22 at 7 p.m. at Linden Baptist Church.

The event is a celebration of the academic, character and athletic prowess that epitomizes the role of the student-athlete. As part of the festivities, the hosting entities will recognize 12 student-athlete award finalists from throughout the county. Two student-athletes – one male and one female – will take home the award of Marengo County Student-Athlete of the Year. The Marengo County Parks and Recreation Board will make a donation of $500 to the athletic department of each winner.

The initiative’s selection committee has worked alongside athletic directors and principals from each of the six high schools in Marengo County to compile a list of finalists.

Finalists for the 2017 Marengo County Student-Athlete of the Year are:

Girls School Boys
Akayla McGhee – So.. A.L. Johnson High School Deandre Croom – Jr.
Abbey Latham – Sr. Demopolis High School R.J. Cox – Sr.
Tomysha Boykin – Sr. Linden High School C.J. Robinson – Sr.
Macey Petrey – Sr. Marengo Academy Weldon Aydelott – Sr.
DaVonyae Lashae Miller – So. Marengo High School Roosevelt Thompson – Jr.
Lara Little – Sr. Sweet Water High School Flynn Mabowitz – Sr.

Tickets for the event are $15 each and include a barbecue dinner catered by A Slab and More of Demopolis. Those seeking to purchase tickets are encouraged to contact The West Alabama Watchman at or Meredith Hammond, Marengo County Commission Administrator, at 334-295-2203. Ticket quantities are limited.

In addition to the presentation of the honorees and announcement of the winners, the event will feature guest speaker Eli Gold, play-by-play broadcaster for Alabama Crimson Tide football.